Our Trustees come from all walks of life, bringing their individual experiences and skills, with a commitment to ensuring the good governance of our charity in its work supporting local families.
Zoe Ridley, Chair
"I first became involved with Home-Start South Leicestershire in 1999/ 2000, as a volunteer - having seen an advert in the Swift Flash and inspired by the simple idea of one parent helping another. After having my second baby I joined the board of trustees, and have been on the board since. I still really believe in the Home-Start ideal of one parent helping another, although the way this is achieved has changed over the years I have been working with the scheme. My 'day' job is as a part-time GP in Warwickshire. I am also a trustee for another local charity - The Marc Smith charity. I enjoy running and this year ran the Cardiff world half marathon, raising funds for Home-Start South Leicestershire."
John Day - Vice-Chair and Treasurer
John Day became a Trustee in 2000, also taking on the role of Treasurer. John had a long career in market research, marketing, strategic planning and business development, working for major UK companies - Reckitt & Colman, Alliance& Leicester and DLA (one of the largest law firms in the UK). For 15 years John then ran his own marketing consultancy business, based in Leicestershire, and was President and Chairman of the Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce.
John was a founder member of ProHelp Leicestershire & Rutland in 2001, providing free professional advice to charities, and supported some 25 different charities over a 15 year period. John was also Chairman of ProHelp for two years. He has also worked with The Sir Andrew Martin Trust, Warning Zone and ProstAid charities.
John has now retired from his business career but is currently a Non-Executive Director of Leicestershire County Cricket Club, a Trustee Director of the King Richard 111 Visitor Centre in Leicester, a Trustee Director of the proposed new Leicester DNA & Forensic Science Visitor Centre and Chairman of the Board of Governors of Church Langton Primary School.
Margaret Howe - Trustee
Margaret had a career in education spanning over 35 years primarily in England but also in the USA. She has a Masters in Special Education, working with the Leicestershire Literacy Support Service and providing support for dyslexic children. On retirement, she operated freelance as a Literacy Consultant. Margaret initiated a Reading Project for primary pupils through the Leicester Education Action Zone. She is also involved in the Leicester Macular Disease Support Group. Margaret joined the scheme as a home-visiting volunteer in 2002 and has supported many families since then, becoming a Trustee in 2003.
Margaret Kallow - Trustee
Margaret Kallow joined the board at HSSL in Market Harborough in 2014 having previously been on the board of Home Start Leicester for 2 years. Margaret worked in education in Leicester and Leicestershire throughout her working life initially as a Primary School teacher. She went on to specialise and manage the Service for Children with a Visual Impairment in Leicester from 1997 to retirement. This involved working in a multi-disciplinary way with educational, medical, therapeutic and charitable organisations. It was during this time that Margaret saw the need for early intervention and direct support to the home. She has run training courses nationally and locally, and contributed to research. Margaret is a mother of 3 children and grandmother to 8 grandchildren and is passionate about the need for strong families and became a Trustee of Home-Start because she knew how much the service was needed.
Victoria Turner - Trustee
Victoria has been a trustee at HSSL since 2013. She has 2 young children and previously received support from HSSL's Mums in Mind project for families dealing with post-natal illness. Victoria worked for 11 years as a policy adviser in the Government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and now works part time for an HR company, providing business and marketing support. She very much enjoys her role with Home-Start and aims to provide the perspective of a parent with young children.
Keith Chaffer - Trustee
Keith is an experienced illustrator with a history of freelance work for publishers of books, magazines and national newspapers. For many years he also managed a graphics studio in a large academic institution. He lives near Market Harborough with a young family and has travelled widely pursuing interests in history and art. Keith was a former recipient of Home Start services when suffering from serious illness. Before that he was active in sport and sport management in an amateur capacity.
Deborah Bennett - Trustee
"Before joining Home Start South Leicestershire as a trustee I worked for 30 years in housing across Leicester and Leicestershire. My diverse working career included housing management and support, housing regeneration and development, homelessness services, both executive and trustee leadership roles and teaching at De Montfort University. In my last full-time role as Executive Director of the local housing association I demonstrated my belief in the important role of Home Start in our community by making a regular corporate donation to the organisation. On a personal level, my involvement with my own grandchildren is a constant reminder of the joys and challenges of a young family and the difference a little help and support can make."
Karen Ford - Trustee
Karen became involved with Home-Start South Leicestershire over 15 years ago, initially as a health visitor advisor and later a trustee. She started her professional life in London in 1975 training as a nurse, then working as an intensive care sister and senior medical ward sister before leaving London. She qualified as a health visitor in 1996. Karen still retains these registrations and changed career direction in 2005 becoming a senior lecturer in nursing. Karen retired a couple of years ago and now works part-time lecturing at De Montfort University. Karen achieved an MSc in professional education in 2009, after completing two BSc degrees as part of her nurse education journey. On a personal level she has three adult children and one (soon to be two) grandchildren. Karen has lived in Market Harborough for over 28 years and was drawn to Home-Start having suffered post-natal illness with the birth of her second child. This experience coupled with her roles as a health visitor, led to a desire to provide something for others who were experiencing this debilitating illness. The consequence of this was collaboration with Karen Hulett in devising the original Mums in Mind for South Leicestershire. Karen has also had involvement with support groups for fathers whose partners have PNI.